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Mentor enters EFD market with Flomerics acquisition

Posted: 13 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EFD market? thermal analysis? Flomerics acquisition?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has finalized the acquisition of Flomerics Group PLC, a U.K.-based supplier of computational fluid dynamics analysis products.

The Flomerics company will become the Mentor's mechanical analysis division headed by Gary Carter, former CEO of Flomerics, reporting to Henry Potts, Mentor VP and general manager of the systems design division.

The acquisition not only complements Mentor's offerings in PCB systems design with advanced electronic cooling thermal analysis capabilities typically used by mechanical engineers, but broadens its product offerings into the engineering fluid dynamics (EFD) market for mechanical CAD analysis. With ease-of-use and tight integration into all leading mechanical design systems, the EFD products are targeted at mechanical designers versus requiring the expertise of a specialist. Applications for EFD include complex fluid flow analysis of pumps, valves, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, heating and refrigeration systems, and consumer appliances.

"Thermal analysis of today's high powered, compact electronic products requires ever increasing sophisticated conduction and convection thermal analysis, for both the full enclosure and PCBs, during the design process to meet reliability and time-to-market goals," said Potts. "As a supplier of design automation software, we must consider the entire product development process and provide analysis and collaboration tools wherever we can help our customers be more competitive. As the provider of the world's most advanced computational fluid dynamics products, Flomerics products fall squarely into this strategy. Additionally, we see significant potential with the EFD products that address multiple analysis applications in many industries."

"All of us at Flomerics look forward to working as part of the Mentor Graphics organization to grow our customer base in mechanical design as well as our electronics cooling markets," said Carter. "We believe that with Mentor's global strength and greater financial resources, the success and potential of Flomerics' technology, technical expertise, and customer relationships can be better cultivated and significantly enhanced."

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